Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department kicked off Paragliding Festival, an initiative to attract adventure-seeking tourists to the State.The Festival was kick stated by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar at Asthanmarg Dara, on the outskirts of Srinagar city.Secretary Tourism, Zaffar Ahmad Bhat, Director Tourism, Talat Parveez and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.
Divisional Commissioner said “although paragliding was done in other parts of the country, the beautiful mountains and vast areas of the Valley also offer tremendous scope for the adventure sport.He added that we would like the youth of the State to adopt such kind of adventurous activity which has the potential to attract more tourists.Secretary Tourism said “We are trying to train local youth so that they adopt this activity to enhance tourism”.
Divisional Commissioner said that this is the first time this year that Paragliding event was conducted. This adventure sport was missing here, even though there is a lot of potential for it, we have identified more places for this activity, we would like the youth of the state to adopt such kind of adventurous activity which has the potential to attract more tourists.
Secretary Tourism said, “We are trying to train local youth so that they adopt this activity. Till recent years, tourism meant that the guest came here, stayed in the hotels, enjoyed Wazwaan (Kashmiri Cuisine) and returned. That was tourism for us. Now the world has changed. People like to visit beautiful places and want to do trekking and adventure sports as well. Paragliding is an important and an attractive activity,” He said the department will provide technical and financial support to the youth for starting this kind of sports activities.